4 months pregnant having constipation and gas.

Hi,
I’m 4 months pregnant having constipation and gas. Two days it was very difficult for me to pass the stool but then there was lot of gas pressure through which I pass the stool and felt the pressure in my abdomen too. Wanted to know if this can harm my baby in any way, I have conceived twins!!

 

4 months pregnant having constipation and gas.
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Obstetrics & Gynae

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  1. Hello Dear,

    Thank you for writing to us at MediMetry.
    By the fourth month of pregnancy, many women notice their digestive system has slowed down and they are distressed by infrequent, hard stools. An increase in the hormone progesterone during pregnancy contributes to constipation by slowing the waves of muscle contractions that move food down the digestive tract. Digestion is slowed so that nutrients have more time to be absorbed in order to supply the developing fetus. As the uterus grows larger and presses on the lower bowel, this can also add to constipation. 

    There are many ways you can cope with pregnancy-induced constipation:
    1. Increase the amount of fiber you consume, including fruit (prunes are great), vegetables, and bran
    2. Drink large amounts of water
    3. Use the bathroom as regularly as you can-whenever you have to go, you should. Be aware of the signals your bowel is giving you; and
    4. Exercise, which can help move food through your system.
    Talk to your doctor about other measures for easing constipation if these methods fail. You may be advised to take a mild laxative such as milk of magnesia, a fiber supplement.

    Excess gas comes in all forms: burping, flatulence, and bloating. Gas is caused by the same mechanisms that cause constipation. As the level of progesterone increases in the pregnancy, the gut slows down and more gas may be retained. To help reduce the symptoms of excess gas, try not to eat foods like cauliflower and cabbage, which produce a lot of gas. Avoid big fatty meals as well, and chew your food thoroughly before you swallow.

    Hope this answers your query. Feel free to write back to us with follow-up questions.
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  2. User
    Hi,
    In reference to the above question heavy passing of gas through abdomen can't harm my babies in utreus.
  3. Hello Dear,

    Heavy passing of gas doesn't harm your baby.

    Hope this answers your query. Feel free to write back to us with follow-up questions.
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